(Stony Brook, N.Y.) — New Hampshire freshman Daniel Dion looked like a veteran on court Saturday in the Wildcats’ 73-69 upset win over Stony Brook. Dion scored nine of his 13 points, including the game-winning three-pointer, during a stretch that saw the lead change seven times.
The Wildcats were down 69-68 with 30 seconds left and called timeout. Coach Herrion drew up a play for Dion. With ice in his veins, Dion was able to get free on the left wing for a deep triple to give UNH the lead for good. Dion was completely unfazed by the magnitude of knocking off the top team in the conference.
“He’s a really, really talented offensive player,” Herrion said. “Physically, he looks like a school kid, but he’s really skilled on offense. He’s fearless, he’s not afraid to shoot the ball. When he shoots it, he’s the kind of kid that makes you always think it’s going in.”
Dion has found his stride and score in double figures in each of his last five games. He feels that he is thriving in New Hampshire’s unselfish style of offense.
“I like our teammates, everybody shares the ball, it’s never stuck in one spot,” Dion said. “We had four guys in double digits today, it’s just a balanced scoring effort.”
Dion’s maturity shined when he said he thinks defense and effort are more important than offense.
“Coach Herrion just makes us play hard, that’s the one thing we’ll always do,” he said. “If the ball doesn’t go in the basket or we’re not playing well, we’ll always play hard and play good defense. We hang our hats on playing as hard as we can.”
Even though it’s his first year, he wanted to snap the Wildcats’ seven-game losing streak to the Seawolves as bad as the upperclassmen did.
“Stony Brook’s a great team and we’ve been planning for them for a couple days,” he said. “We just went out there and played our hardest. They’re definitely tough, they play two senior guards that are really good; hopefully I can get to that point in my career.”
He’s well on his way.
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